Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Of course, the most significant moment of the past month for me was seeing my daughter, Lucy, baptized into Christ. It was a beautiful moment, and I was happy also that for the first time, my father and I presided over the Eucharist and the same time. It was exhausting taking care of 14 people, and I feel like I became CostCo’s favorite customer. But thanks to the parish for welcoming my family and making space for me to be with them, and thanks to Jaime for holding down the fort so competently.
But the Sunday following was also very joyous. We welcomed three women as official members of our congregation as they affirmed their baptism, and MsMichella Gamble was confirmed. This was also a joyous celebration, and I feel it has sort of kicked off our summer in the right way.
Because of the baptism and the invasion of family and in-laws, and because I spent a weekend away, I feel like I have been playing catch-up since the middle of May. I look at the action items and there are many things, as the confession says, “left undone.” Many things I have yet to complete, but here are some of the more pressing and issues.
1. Following my continuing education time at Koinonia, I have decided to begin planning for a catechumenate. I will be training a group of catechists and sponsors, and making plans with prospective new members over the summer. The catechumenate will begin in September, and will culminate either on the Easter Vigil or during our regular Easter Service in late March. The sponsor and catechist group will begin meeting in July.
2. The building and its repair has slowly grown in complexity, and because of this our capital campaign has encountered many setbacks. We still need more bids for abatement, but before we ask for them, we need work to understand the scope of work that actually needs to be done. Bob Litchfield the arcitect/engineer we hired to do our feasibility study, has promised to research the building code and speak with his contacts to help us narrow our scope of work. Once we do that, we we can finalize our numbers. This process has been frustrating, and sometimes it feels like we are groping for guidance in the dark, but I also believe a cautious approach that is based on good advice and true understanding of the work that needs to be done is better than lurching into everything.
3. Personnel: the building takes too much energy away from ministry. I will simply echo the personnel committee’s recommendation of trying to hire a building manager, who can deal with many of the day-to-day and long term issues, working with contractors and overseeing the custodial staff. This can free all of us a bit more to spend time with Scripture and service.
There is much more to say—congratulations to Creations for a successful Art Show, and the beginning of a pay-as-you-wish co-working space, and Cornerstone Studios’ successful opening (it’s now full!).
Let me finish by saying this summer I will be trying very hard to figure out how to marry capital campaigns, building maintenance, and faith formation—and doing it so that faith formation is the basis of the other two.
Yours in Christ,